- ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA Journal
- April 2019
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- Despite used for half a century as host for salt-polymer complexes, PEO is still not a fossil and due to its availability, remains regularly used as a reference in solvent-free polymer electrolytes and related electrochemical cells. Often qualified as macromolecular solvent or immobile solvent, its drawbacks (crystallinity, mechanical strength) are well identified. On the other hand, its electrolyte conductivity maxima are considered as the best possible in absence of molecular solvents or ionic liquids. The comparison of PEO/LiTFSI based on raw PEO and ultrafiltrated one, shows unambiguously the impact of unentangled oligomers not only on ionic transport but also on mechanical behavior. Conductivity, cationic transference numbers and storage modulus data go in the same direction and the cationic conductivity (O/Li = 30) is divided by 2, following PEO purification.
- peo; poe; immobile solvent; ionic transport; polymer electrolyte; purification